We had the distinct honor and privilege of training with Master Relson Gracie at day three of Master Pedro Sauer's Fall Training Camp. The second-oldest son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Relson was incredible. His session -- the last of the camp -- was as intense as it was informative.
A virtual encyclopedia of Jiu-Jitsu, Relson is passionate about his family's art. Pure Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is what he preaches. It's practical, effective, and designed to save your life on the street. That's the primary difference between "Gracie" and "Brazilian" Jiu-Jitsu.
All three masters at this weekend's camp made the point that "Brazilian" Jiu-Jitsu has evolved into more of a sport than a form of self-defense.
You play the rules of the game in tournaments and even in MMA to a certain degree, whereas what Masters' Relson Gracie, Pedro Sauer and Luis Heredia stressed at the camp was a focus on true self-defense, which is applicable to any situation...and it translates well in the ring or on the street.
After three solid days of training, I'm sure I speak for everyone else who attended the camp when I say that I'm on a bit of a "runner's high." My entire body hurts, and my head is spinning from all the information received.
It's not how many classes you take but what you take from each class that is important. Most of us took in 12+ hours of training with an awesome pool of talent, with all the instructors and more than 70 students from across the country. We experience the "formal" camp. Now is the time for self-discovery and reflection on what we learned, while everything is still fresh.
We'd also be remiss if we didn't thank Louisville Martial Arts Academy for hosting a top-notch event. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and dedication to bringing world-class instruction into our own backyard.
Finally, Scott and I would like to thank each of you for supporting our Academy at the seminar. We each received several compliments about your skill-level, technical ability, and great attitude. That is a testament to your character and a reflection of our camaraderie as an Academy.
Here's a group school photo with Masters Gracie and Sauer, taken on day three of the camp. In addition, the video clip is of Relson from the "Gracie in Action" DVD.
See you all on the mat -- tomorrow night!